Alaina Colpitts, owner and operator of Within You Yoga, was born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has always had an affinity with nature, beauty, and the human body. After receiving her B.S. in both Marketing and Hospitality Management from Virginia Tech, she immersed herself into the world of yoga and healing following the death of her father, Terry, and to help heal and cope with a strenuous relationship with her older brother, who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.
Alaina graduated from Asheville Yoga Center's 200-RYT training in May of 2016 and started teaching soon after. In March of 2017 she began her now-lifelong study under the master teaching of Anna Pittman, owner of The Breathing Space. She completed Anna's 300-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and Life Transformation course in January of 2019 to receive her 300-RYT Certificate. During the two years of training with Anna, Alaina also began to study under the renowned spiritual teacher Georgi Johnson. Both teachers have heavily influenced her yoga, meditation, and healing practice. She continues to study under the guidance of each.
Within You Yoga is a culmination of the many practices, teachers, and personal experiences that have shaped Alaina's practice and way of being. Alaina is passionate about sharing the gift of yoga with her own unique spin on the practice. Her goal is to inspire individuals to shape and form their own practice according to each person's unique needs, situation, body, ability, and life. Within You Yoga exists to teach people that practicing yoga does not require one to be flexible, athletic, thin, able-bodied, or any type of label. Within You Yoga exists to help people uncover the innate healing powers of peace, love, connection (to name a few), that are not only available within, but everywhere, once recognized.
Education and Certifications
International School of Spiritual Psychology, Module 1, 2, and 4; 2019, 2021, 2022 (ongoing)
The Breathing Space, 300-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Certificate, 2019
Asheville Yoga Center, 200-hour RYT Certificate, 2016
B.S. in Marketing Management, 2015
B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management, 2018
Within You Yoga Philosophy
Here at WYY, we operate under the belief that yoga is a beautiful practice to look inside, expand awareness, and uncover the inherent love, peace, and connection that we are all made of. It is an invitation to get to know oneself, therefore life itself, on a deeper and more intimate level.
One of the biggest sources of suffering in today's day and age is stress. Stress puts our nervous systems into "Fight or Flight" mode, otherwise known as accessing the sympathetic nervous system. Alaina's style of teaching aims to help turn on the PARAsympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as "Rest and Digest." Within You Yoga's mission is to offer classes that are gentle, restorative, and restful for the body AND mind. Here we fully believe that both the mind and body are inexplicably interconnected, and both are important aspects to consider to develop the deep, peaceful, restful state of being that so many of us struggle to find.
Within You Yoga is different. We value simplicity, accessibility, loving, and meeting the (entire) body where it is at on any given day. Instead of tiring or stressing you out further, we aim to restore, relax, and unwind the system. Within You Yoga offers a safe space to be who you are, move or not move, and deeply rest as you are. We are so happy you made it.